Don’t look for too much honor among thieves, at least not in this White House. Nobody is safe from anybody, as long as the agenda of the Big Orange Goon is served — and that mandate changes from moment to moment.  Marc Short, Chief of Staff to Mike Pence, said that Bill Barr acted of his own volition in seeking to reduce Roger Stone’s sentence and that Donald Trump didn’t say one word — directly, that is. Right.

No, Trump might not have “called directly” but he certainly tweeted directly, not just to Bill Barr but to the world. As Michael Cohen said, Trump would speak in code and one would know what he wanted done. The code words which Trump employed with respect to Stone’s sentence, “horrible” and “unfair” were not exactly cryptography. Anybody reading that tweet knew what Trump wanted.

Or, maybe Bill Barr didn’t know about the tweet, and never has cause to speak to Trump or know his mind, and just out of the blue decided poor Roger Stone had gotten a raw deal and it was time to weaponize the DOJ and help him out — and it’s mere coincidence that Stone is one of Trump’s oldest friends. Right.

And Short also says that the White House has a lot of confidence in Barr — even after his comment that Trump should stop tweeting about him. Isn’t that amusing, that Short is trying to gaslight us into thinking that Barr’s P.R. stunt is real.

So, let’s keep score here now: Barr is trying to convince us all he’s independent from Trump and so is the DOJ and Short is trying to convince us that everything in this White House is normal. It’s going to be a long year. Look at what we’ve already been through and it’s the middle of February.

 

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28 Comments on "Mike Pence’s Chief Of Staff Throws Bill Barr To the Wolves"

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Tin woman1
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Yes, a long year. But there will be victories too. I only count those.

p j evans
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Someone seems to want Barr out of the way. What’s in it for Pence, anyway?

Concinnity
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I look forward to Barr’s impeachment, prosecution and imprisonment, and, of course, his disbarrment.

Bareshark
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I take this as yet another sign that the Trump cult is far weaker than the despairing seem to believe. Barr is, at best, a semi-competent henchman for Trump but one-eyed man in the land of the blind and all that. If he is forced to step down (possibly before his March 31st appearance in front of the House), the DOJ will collapse in a manner similar to what we saw with the State Department.

Denis Elliott
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While I agree the cult might be far weaker than many believe, I disagree on the point about Barr being only semi-competent. He was ruthlessly effective in protecting top GOP folks (by shutting down the Iran-Contra investigation – and the mass pardons weren’t the only thing he got done to bring about the result he wanted) in his first stint as AG and he then managed to, despite some scandal attached to his actions build a solid reputation and respect in the DC white collar legal community. I think he foresaw disaster coming to the GOP due to Trump and… Read more »
Bareshark
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The TL;DR I’m getting from all that is a story that has been repeated many times in the last three years: Barr is a competent subordinate but only if he’s got a good enough leader to serve under. And he’s the latest would-be American Richilieu to find out that Trump can’t be controlled or steered in the long run. You’d think one of the insiders would figure this out after three years.

Darrel
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The things being done by the GOP like the huge tax break for the wealthiest, have long been on their to-do-list, and with the idiot in the WH, all McConnell had to do was call a boiler room cigar party, sketch up some legal drivel and come out into the light with theirpoison pen and paper …

Bareshark
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I think they waited too long to implement all this. What good are tax cuts if they get flipped in a couple of years? What’s the point of being in charge of America if it’s no longer the center of the known universe? Why bother pushing a repressive social agenda now that society has largely come out to the opposite viewpoint when they weren’t looking?

lauran
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And, that begs the question: will that be a good thing or not??? He should have been out over a year ago, but realistically what happens at this point in the game for his possible replacement(s)?